Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas



Depending on your business needs, your business may be interested in sponsoring overseas skilled workers on a permanent basis. Outlined below are the two sponsored permanent residence visa pathways open to Australian businesses.

The location of your business and whether or not the person you are wanting to sponsor is a new or existing employee, will help determine which visa pathway is best suited to your business.




Employer Nomination Scheme 186 Visa


The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa is for applicants who are highly skilled, have relevant work experience and wish to reside in Australia permanently. The ENS allows employers to sponsor skilled workers to work in any part of Australia.

This visa involves a two-step process; a nomination by an approved Australian employer and a visa application by the skilled overseas worker. As part of your nomination application, you must prove that:

• Your business is active and lawful

• Your business has a genuine need for the position

• You will pay the applicant a market salary rate

Under the ENS visa there are two streams in which you can nominate an overseas employee, either through the Temporary Residence Transition Stream or the Direct Entry Stream.


Transition Stream


If the person you wish to sponsor already lives in Australia temporarily on a 457 or TSS work visa and has been employed within your business, then you can nominate them for a 186 permanent visa under the Transition Stream.

Direct Entry Stream

If wish to sponsor an overseas skilled worker, then your business can nominate a person for a 186 visa under the Direct Entry stream if that person has never worked in Australia, or has not held a 457/TSS visa for the last two years with a nominating employer, or if that person is outside of Australia.




Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme 187 Visa


The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) allows businesses to sponsor workers for positions in rural, regional and remote locations of Australia for a permanent visa. To qualify for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, you must live in a designated regional area of Australia (any area outside the metropolitan areas of the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Wollongong and Melbourne).

This visa involves a two-step process; a nomination by an approved Australian employer and a visa application by the skilled overseas worker. As part of your nomination application, you must prove that:

• Your business is active and lawful

• Your business has a genuine need for the position

• You will pay the applicant a market salary rate

In addition, your nomination application must also obtain Regional Body Certification (RCB) approval from your relevant state. RCB’s are State and Territory governments organisations who assess regional nomination applications to the Department of Home Affairs on behalf of the State or Territory government. Furthermore, the nominated worker must make a genuine commitment to live and work for at least 2 years in the regional area.

Under the RSMS visa there are two streams in which you can nominate an overseas employee, either through the Temporary Residence Transition Stream or the Direct Entry Stream.


Transition Stream


If the person you wish to sponsor has already been employed within your business, then you can nominate them for a RSMS permanent visa under the Transition Stream.

Direct Entry Stream


Your business can nominate a person for a RSMA visa under the Direct Entry stream if that person has only briefly or never worked in Australia or if they are applying from outside Australia.




How we can help your business:


We offer comprehensive support for employers who wish to nominate or sponsor a non-citizen. Our services include:

• Assist with your application to become an approved sponsor and advise on a migration strategy for your business

• Provide support and advice to each individual visa applicant engaged through your business

• Help you remain compliant with your requirements and obligations as a sponsor with ongoing advice

If your business is interested in learning about what is involved with sponsoring an overseas worker, then we encourage you to contact us today